Commandos Sans Frontières: The Global Growth Of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Authored by Nick Turse via TomDispatch.com,

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down. When the attack was over, one Somali soldier had been wounded — and had that been the extent of the casualties, you undoubtedly would never have heard about it.

As it happened, however, American commandos were also operating from that outpost and four of them were wounded, three badly enough to be evacuated for further medical care. Another special operator, Staff Sergeant Alexander Conrad, a

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Comey: Anyone Voting Republican This Fall Is Un-American

Former FBI Director James Comey suggested over Twitter on Tuesday that anyone who votes Republican in the upcoming midterm elections is un-American.

“Ambition must … counteract ambition,” wrote Comey, adding “All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.”  ...read more

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Paul Craig Roberts: “Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia?”

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

The US Democratic Party is determined to take the world to thermo-nuclear war rather than to admit that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election fair and square. The Democratic Party was totally corrupted by the Clinton Regime, and now it is totally insane. Leaders of the Democratic Party, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, my former co-author in the New York Times, have responded in a non-Democratic way to the first step President Trump has taken to reduce the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia that the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created

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Beijing Sends Strategic Bombers For “Real Combat” Practice To Massive War Games In Russia

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAF) will send H-6K bombers, J-10A fighters, JH-7A fighter-bombers, IL-76 and Y-9 transport aircraft, and a team of airborne troops to Russia for the upcoming International Army Games (IAG) 2018.

The war games, first launched by Russia in 2014, will be co-organized this year by China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Iran and Armenia from July 29 to August 11, said CGTN News. IAG 2018 will consist of 28 ‘real combat’ military competitions. China will oversee four of these war games: ...read more

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New Fissure Near Yellowstone Supervolcano Causes Teton National Park Closure

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

A 100-foot-long fissure near the Yellowstone supervolcano has prompted the closure of parts of Teton National Park. Coupled with the Steamboat geyser’s newly active status, fears of an eruption at the Yellowstone caldera are increasing.

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“Things Are Getting Real” – Companies Are Reporting The Impact Of Tariffs On Their Business

While President Trump’s latest round of tariffs has only just taken effect, and his earlier tariffs on steel and aluminum weren’t widely imposed on American allies until May, American companies, or foreign firms’ US-based subsidiaries, are already complaining about the negative impact that tariffs are expected to have. And as the White House mulls over whether to slap 10% tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports, the situation is finally “getting real.” Companies have warned for months that the tariffs would hurt economic growth, but to try and get a handle on the “real-world impact”of these policies, Bloomberg is

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Chris Hedges: The War On Assange Is A War On Press Freedom

Authored by Chris Hedges via TruthDig.com,

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assangewho has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher – the maniacal goal of the U.S. government – would set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of

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Chicago Considering $6 Million Universal Basic Income Pilot

Citing the danger automation poses to low-income jobs, Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar wants to hand cash to every man, woman and child in the city according to The Intercept while the city’s broken pension system has already saddled every resident with $11,000 of debt.

Pointing to investments in autonomous vehicles by companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Uber, Pawar observed that long-haul trucking jobs, historically a source of middle-class employment, may become obsolete. More people out of work means more political polarization, says Pawar. ”We have to start talking about race and class and geography, but also start talking

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Can Artificial Intelligence Compete With Real Doctors?

Authored by Michael Scott via Safehaven.com,

In the race for world dominance in advanced technology, Chinese artificial intelligence is also taking on its own doctors, with a new system claiming to diagnose brain tumors faster and more accurately than human physicians.

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Senators: Your Smart TV Might Be Spying On You

It has been almost 70 years since George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, but now, some of his forward-looking warnings are starting to be realized in 2018. Take this stunning letter from Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simmons last Thursday that internet-connected smart TVs are spying and creating profiles on the American people.

“Televisions have entered a new era, but that does not mean that users’ sensitive information no longer deserves protection,” the senators wrote. ...read more

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